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Pink Moon, A Story About Nick Drake (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Gorm Henrik Rasmussen , Bent Sørensen

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Originally written in Danish in 1980, Pink Moon was the first biography of Nick Drake, and remains the only one to include exclusive interviews with the singer's parents, Rodney and Molly Drake. In this new, significantly updated edition, available in English for the first time, author and poet Gorm Henrik Rasmussen reveals more from his visits to the Drakes in their home Far Leys - the first, just five years after the death of their troubled son.

Rasmussen includes new interviews with Nick's friends and collaborators plus extracts taken from his eight-year correspondence with the Drakes, and from telephone conversations he had with Rodney every month over four years.

Full of intimate detail about the last three years of Nick's life spent at his childhood home, Pink Moon - A Story about Nick Drake is a personal, original, and moving retelling of the life, death, and posthumous rise of a poet and guitarist who was strangely unsuited for his own time, and is more popular now than he ever was in life.

Gorm Henrik Rasmussen (b. 1955) is a poet living in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has published novels, short stories, poems, and works of non-fiction. His subjects include eccentrics and strange places of the northern part of Jutland, where he was born and raised. He has received several literary awards from The Danish Arts Foundation and The Danish Arts Council.

"...constructs the story of Drake’s life with insights from those who knew him best... Rasmussen writes elegantly about the music, while his detailed account of the last years of Drake’s life are sensitively handled. By the end of this book, Rasmussen has breathed new life into his subject and his music."
Mark Blake, Mojo magazine

"A story in which straight biographical bits are interwoven with skillfully composed, extrapolated scenes ... fans will find it a great companion book to Drake’s music, and rock lovers will enjoy the author’s serious, personal attempt to get intimate with his icon."
Douglas Lord, Library Journal

'Gorm tells the story with great understanding of Nick and his art. He must be credited with writing the first book about Nick, and possibly the best one too. Like Nick's own works, it was unappreciated for many years.. now that its truth and magic are revealed, it deserves to find a much wider audience and will undoubtedly bring satisfaction to all those who wish to know the real Nick Drake a little better.'
Jason Creed, Pynk Moon fanzine

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 178 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1906615292
  • Editeur : Rocket 88 (16 janvier 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Par Stuart Jefferson - Publié sur
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On seeing the title of this book, you might think-well, another book trading on Nick Drake's short life and music. Another book purporting to have the real, inside story of the man and his music. Well, the truth is, no one will ever have the real inside story of what made Nick Drake "tick". But this relatively short (170 pages or so) book (which isn't a true biography) shines a light on Drake that other books on the subject seem to lack.

This is actually the first book about Drake-published in Danish until now. Written in 1980, it's closest to the actual events (and people's memories) leading up to Drake's death. The author discovered Drake's music from a friend, while discussing the relative merits of guitarists John Renbourn and Bert Jansch (I knew at this point this would be worth reading), as Drake's melancholy music was playing in the background. The author, Gorm Henrik Rasmussen, is a writer in several fields, and his discovery of Drake's music started a quest for more information on who Drake was. Through both visits and correspondence with Drake's parents over many years, talking with friends and collaborators, and looking through old music periodicals, he has put together a good, sensitive picture of Drake, his music, and the era. With events still close to the surface for those who knew him, Rasmussen has woven a fairly intimate portrait of Drake-especially his extensive interviews with Drake's parents-which alone make this book worth reading.

Significantly updated from the original publication, the book has even more insight and information on the years leading to Drake's death-by suicide or accident-no one really knows. He also covers his music-that was never popular in it's day-and his posthumous rise in popularity. This book is for anyone who has heard something special in Drake's music, and wants a fairly intimate look into Drake's life.

There's other more exhaustive, detailed books on Drake, but none truly capture the feel of Drake like this slim book does. This is the earliest (and arguably best) book on Drake. The author has sensitively pieced together a picture of a sometimes mysterious man, whose life ended just as mysteriously. I know this is yet another Drake book to add to your shelf--but it's a good one. Nick Drake fans don't miss it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Pink Moon and Star Thoughts 2 février 2012
Par Camelia Elias - Publié sur
This is the untold story about Nick Drake's life, based on first-hand interviews with his parents carried out shortly after Drake's death, and on later interviews with some of Drake's closest friends and collaborators, including the late Robert Kirby. The nonsense put about by sensationalist journalists in previous biographies is thoroughly debunked by this honest and lyrical account of Drake's life and work.

The book details Nick Drake's happy youth at Marlborough, and the intense friendships that developed at school and on the trips to France and North Africa he took. There is an evocation of the Cambridge and London of Drake's youth, as well as an analysis of his evolving existential depression and the downward spiral he entered towards the end of his life when he moved back to Tanworth-on-Arden to live with his parents.

Individual songs and albums are discussed in detail, and some of the central creative and psychological contradictions of Drake's life are illuminated, including the issue of why he committed suicide.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Pink moon 8 janvier 2013
Par NICK B. - Publié sur
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This book about Nick Drake is excellent. I have been a fan of his music for over a decade, and thus thought I knew about his life. However this book offers a much more nuanced view of his life than I had previously come across. It is not nearly as sad as I thought it might be.....if you want to learn more about Nick Drake, and not just buy into the typical tortured artist archetype that our society loves to perpetuate, start here. It seems to me that NICK put considerably more effort into his career than is normally portrayed. He did play shows, he went on the radio, he most importantly made three stunning albums. I think that along with Tim Buckley, Nick Drake made some of the most important music of his generation . At its high point, both of their music frankly puts most of the music of our times to shame.
Nick simply made pure music, that is very rare to find now a days. This book had the grace to explore Nicks life in a way that was compassionate, empathetic and makes you feel like you are right there with him.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 essential for Nick Drake fans 28 février 2012
Par Gregory P. Carrier - Publié sur
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If you're looking at this book, you're probably a serious Nick Drake fan. You need this. I think it's the best book about Nick Drake that's been published, and that's not a knock on the books written by Patrick Humphries or Trevor Dann, which are both excellent. This one just makes me feel like I'm closer to the real Nick Drake. Maybe it's just because it was written (but only now translated to English) before the Nick Drake phenomenon happened, so it captures the feeling of discovering Nick a little better, I don't know. Recommended.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Couldn't Put It Down! 8 juillet 2012
Par Mark De Los Gatos - Publié sur
I'd been wanting this book for a really long time! It is hard-to-find, absolutely beautiful and more than worth the wait.

Written by an author who has a firm grasp on language arts and interpreting art and music, "Pink Moon" is one part biography and another part song and album review.

Transcending the traditional woes of stereotypical biographies, Gorm Henrik Rasmussen has managed to somehow make the life and work of one of the world's greatest talents even more worthy of being coveted. His blending of art criticism, literary translation of Drake's music and interesting (and true) stories of the guitarist lift this book to a point other biographers (not just of Drake) can't seem to reach. It truly inspires readership to listen to the music again and again by telling the stories we've all been dying to know.

Rasmussen has done the cult following of Nick Drake immeasurable good by doing the sincere investigative research for this book. It goes unmatched, which is evident in other books and films about Drake, because they often use Rasmussen's findings as sources!

The only reason I don't score it 5/5 stars is because it wasn't as long as I would've liked it to have been. Also, I don't like the material the cover is made of, it's odd and feels strange in my hands.
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